Best of the Blogs, 26 November 2013

By on 26 November, 2013


Emily Lakdawalla from has a post showing off the first imagery from India’s recent Mars orbiter mission, which is still in orbit around the Earth, due to leave on November 30. The image was captured at a similar altitude to the one that it should reach around Mars, however, due to the size difference between Earth and Mars, those images should encompass most of the red planet.


All Things Spatial has a video showing off a proof-of-concept by Geoscience Australia known as a ‘data cube’, which quickly processes, and organises satellite data – from a variety of sources – and allows temporal analyses for any point in Australia. Could be the beginning of something big.


With Christmas edging nearer, it’s probably about time you start dropping hints to your significant other on just what you want this festive season. Of course, being a carto-geek, Jonathan Crowe’s gift guide on Map Books will serve as a good starting point.


Hobbit/LOTR fans in the audience will dig this interactive map of Middle Earth, based on Google Maps technology. Best of all, it uses fake aerial imagery, rather than the traditional drawn maps seen in fantasy novels. It’s almost like being there. The content is limited, however, and the load-times a little lengthy. It is good at showing off what’s possible in the Chrome browser without the use of plugins, as it includes some 3D, interactive games, too.


The South China Morning Post has a story about Russia’s efforts to place GLONASS base stations on US soil, and how it has US spy agencies a little worried.


GeoSpatial World informs readers that Esri (US) has launched its Geotrigger service as a free beta testing program, helping users of Esri services better deploy mobile apps that can intertwine with their GISystems.


Telecom Lead has a post that outlines a deal between Samsung and Qualcomm, which was struck to enable new BeiDou-enabled location chips in smartphones initially destined for the Chinese market.


Social consumerist network, Pinterest, recently announced that its pins are going spatial – allowing anyone to tag any objet du désir with a location on a map.

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